Sunday Lineup (12.27.2020)

Good morning! I realize it’s not Sunday anymore technically but here are the books I am beginning the new week with! I was just too tired and not in the right mind to write this last night, forgive me. Hopefully I’ll get myself together for my review post tomorrow! hehe


The Beautiful Things Shoppe // by Philip William Stover

Book 2 of Seasons of New Hope


Their collections may clash but their hearts are a perfect match.

Moving to eclectic New Hope, Pennsylvania, and running The Beautiful Things Shoppe is a dream come true for elegant and reserved fine arts dealer Prescott J. Henderson. He never agreed to share the space with Danny Roman, an easygoing extrovert who collects retro toys and colorful knickknacks.

And yet here they are, trapped together in the quaint shop as they scramble to open in time for New Hope’s charming Winter Festival.

Danny has spent years leading with his heart instead of his head. The Beautiful Things Shoppe is his chance to ground himself and build something permanent and joyful. The last thing he needs is an uptight snob who doesn’t appreciate his whimsy occupying half his shop.

It’s only when two of New Hope’s historic landmarks—each as different as Danny and Prescott—are threatened that a tentative alliance forms. And with it, the first blush of romance. Suddenly, running The Beautiful Things Shoppe together doesn’t seem so bad…until Danny’s secret threatens to ruin it all.

Why did I choose this:

It sounded adorable so why not? I’m a sucker for small town stories lately. They’re good for the heart during stressful times.

Current Thoughts:

I haven’t gotten very far yet but it has a solid start.


The Book of Two Ways // by Jodi Picoult // narrated by Patti Murin


Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.

But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.

After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife.

As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?

Why did I choose this:

I like learning new things and I heard that you can learn a lot about Egyptology in this book. It also sounded like an interesting story so seeing who the author was, it sounded like a good combination.

Current Thoughts:

I never truly understood the phrase info dumping in regards to a book but now I do. Wow. There is a LOT of info in here. It doesn’t really bother me so far, I’m enjoying all the learning, but hopefully that won’t stop the book from having a good flow.

All Creatures Great and Small // by James Herriot // narrated by Nicholas Ralph


I’m still loving this. I’m slowly making my way through it since I also have the other audiobook going. The Book of Two Ways is a library loan so there’s an expiration date that this one doesn’t have. But honestly, it’s been really nice listening in small doses. This book is so sweet and charming.

I love my girl. She was acting a little off last night so she was allowed to sleep in our room for once. She seemed a bit happier this morning. I hate my gal getting old. 😦

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